The city of Gillette was already planning for another reduction in local coal revenue when oil prices also started to tank. The double hit to the economy from lost jobs and reduced sales tax revenues from operations buying from local businesses is something Gillette has seen before in the not-so-distant past.

“We were looking at kind of what we went through in 2016-17,” said city spokesman Geno Palazzari. “Now with the pandemic (and) people not being allowed to work, we are looking more at what revenues were in 2008.”

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